The Bemidji State University Beavers were unable to keep the University of Minnesota Duluth from the basket as the Bulldogs upended the Beavers 99-76 on Monday night at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minn. UMD had five players score in double figures as they connected on 55.9 percent of their shots from the floor. Shelly Stemper paced the strong-shooting Bulldogs with 18 points on four of six shooting. Stemper was perfect from the charity stripe on the evening making all eight of her attempts. Bemidji State falls to 4-7 on the season (1-6 NSIC). Minnesota Duluth improves to 7-4 on the year (5-2 NSIC).
Along with Stemper, UMD got double-figure scoring from Katrina Newman with 15 points, Hannah Rutten with 16 second-half points off the bench, Kelsey Hewitt with 11 points and Lindsay Miller with 10 points. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Beavers 42 to 28.
Bemidji State was paced by Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) with 16 points on five of 12 shooting from the floor. Colleen McKay (Sr., F/C, Barnum, Minn.) added 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) came off the bench to score 15 points on six of 10 shooting. Jessie Althoff was the fourth player in double figures for BSU with 11 points.
BSU was outscored 70-44 in the final 28 minutes of Monday night’s contest after having cut the lead to seven in the first half.
Minnesota Duluth went into the locker room with a 51-33 lead over Bemidji State. The Bulldogs were paced by Stemper’s 13 points on three of four shooting from the field. Stemper was six of six from the charity stripe in the opening period. UMD shot 61.3 percent compared to BSU’s 41.9 percent in the first half. Along with Stemper, the Bulldogs had two other players tally double figures in the first half with Miller putting in 10 and Hewitt also scoring 10. UMD connected on four of seven shots from beyond the arc in the opening period compared to four of 16 for the Beavers. BSU was outrebounded by UMD 20 to 13. Kaiya Sygulla had six assists in the first half.
Hebrink led Bemidji State in the first half with 10 points including two made three pointers. Althoff added nine points in the first half. McKay tallied seven for the Beavers. BSU committed 13 turnovers to UMD’s 10 in the first half.
After being up 13 with 9:40 remaining, BSU was able to cut the lead down to seven at the 8:12 mark following two made threes from Hebrink and McKay but the Beavers were unable to keep the momentum with UMD outscoring BSU 22-11 in the final eight minutes of the first half.
Monday night’s game marked the most points Bemidji State has given up this season. The previous high was 83 against the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Dec. 4. The Bulldogs’ 99 points marked the most points scored by a BSU opponent since losing to Minnesota, Crookston on Dec. 5, 2009.
The Beavers will return to action on Dec. 8 as they host Augustana College at BSU Gymnasium.